The City of Los Angeles is releasing a Notice of Completion (NOC) for the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (Draft PEIR) on the Solid Waste Integrated Resources Plan (SWIRP), also known as the Zero Waste Plan. The NOC is to inform the public that the SWIRP Draft PEIR has been completed and is ready for public comment from October 31, 2013 to December 20, 2013.

SWIRP is a long-range plan to meet the City’s solid waste management needs through 2030. The plan identifies various policies, programs, and facilities that will be needed to reach the City’s goal of 90% landfill diversion by 2025.
The attached NOC gives the details of public meetings, where the Draft PEIR is available, and where to submit written comments. It can also be accessed through

We look forward to your participation during this public review period, and hope you join us at one of the scheduled meetings.

The Puente Hills Landfill will cease dumping on Oct. 31, 2013.
The Puente Hills Landfill will cease dumping on Oct. 31, 2013.

Puente Hills Landfill, the largest active landfill in the country, will close its doors. The permit for the site, which is near capacity, will expire after the close of business on Thursday.

“The landfill has been a solid, solid waste management facility since the 1950s,” said Chuck Boehmke, head of the solid waste management department for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. “It’s done a big part in keeping solid waste costs down.”

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THIS IS NOTICE that the Executive Officer intends to approve, as set forth in the attached draft letter, a liner design report (Report) for Cell CC-3B at the Landfill that was submitted to the Regional Board on July 9, 2013. Comments on this matter must be in writing, addressed to Dr. Wen Yang, Chief of the Land Disposal Unit, and received at the Regional Board Office by the close of business on August 19, 2013.

The Report provides the design and construction infmmation of an approximate 20-acre area within the permitted footprint of the Landfill, including design review, liner and leachate collection systems, geological conditions, slope stability, and surface water management.

Wayde Hunter
GHNNC Board Member / Vice Chair SCL-CAC

less_garbageCalifornians, for the seventh year in a row, are throwing away less and less garbage in landfills.

New statistics from the state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, also known as CalRecycle, shows that 29.3 million tons of trash were disposed statewide last year. That’s 4.3 pounds per day per person and a slight reduction from the 4.4 pounds per day per person in 2011 when 29.9 million tons were disposed. The population also increased from 37.4 million in 2011 to 37.7 million last year.

“Each incremental step in waste diversion puts the state closer to our goal of 75% recycling,” said CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen in a statement. “The public is doing its part by being conscious of what we throw out and thinking about recycling and reuse. We at CalRecycle will continue to do our part by supporting recycling businesses and other waste diversion infrastructure that create green jobs and help achieve our goal.”

Last year’s disposal decrease continues a downward trend started in 2005 when 42.5 million tons of waste were discarded, the state said.

The vast majority of waste, 99%, went to California landfills and about 1% was exported to out-of-state landfills, CalRecycle said.


Date: May 22, 2013

Source: Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County has abandoned its 13-year quest to develop a mammoth rail-served landfill at Eagle Mountain, about 100 miles to the east, near the Joshua Tree National Park. The site is currently owned by Ontario-based Mine Reclamation Corp. (MRC). The 4,654-acre landfill would have taken up to 20,000 tons of waste per day brought by rail from communities in Los Angeles County. The fate of the site, which was formerly an iron mine owned by Kaiser Steel, has been disputed and litigated since the early 90s. Kaiser Steel declared bankruptcy in 1987. Its successor company, Kaiser Ventures, now owns a majority interest in MRC.

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plasticbagThe City of Los Angeles is proposing to adopt and implement an ordinance to ban single-use plastic carryout bags, charge a fee on paper bags, and promote the use of reusable bags at specified retailers in the City of Los Angeles. The Final EIR is available at City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, 1149 S. Broadway, 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015; at under What’s New…; and at the following public libraries:

  • Central Library, 630 W 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
  • Van Nuys Branch Library, 6250 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401
  • West L. A. Regional Branch Library, 11360 Santa Monica Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90025
  • San Pedro Regional Branch Library, 931 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Granada Hills Branch, 10640 Petit Avenue, Granada Hills, CA 91344

From WasteRecyclingNews.

Owners of a troubled, closed landfill in Missouri are offering to pay for lodging for area residents while work at the site is expected to increase odors in the weeks ahead.

Republic Services Inc. has been working to mitigate odors from the Bridgeton landfill near St. Louis and said this week it would provide temporary housing for certain area residents between May 20 and June 14.

“We want to be a good neighbor to those around us. That is why we have volunteered to cover the costs of temporary housing for residents who may be impacted by the odor,” said Tim Trost, an area president for Republic Services, in a statement.

About 270 households are being offered the relocation assistance while the company works on what it calls the reinforced concrete pipe abandonment project.

“This phase of the work focuses on eliminating odor conduits created by reinforced concrete pipes. It will also make the site safer for all onsite workers, and must be completed to prepare the landfill surface for an additional plastic cap on the south quarry,” the company said in a statement.

Republic Services, based in Phoenix, will pay hotel lodging, fees and taxes for local residents. Those electing to stay with a friend or relative will receive $125 per week as an “inconvenience payment,” the company said.

Republic Services has spent millions in an effort to control odors from the landfill, but the situation has gotten so bad that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has sued the company seeking an end to what he called “terrible, ongoing odor problems.”